Uncle NecRo’s TOP 10 FAVORITE USE OF POP MUSIC IN MOVIES

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Just in case you haven’t noticed the pattern, I loves me some movies. I also loves me some musics to listen to. And one thing that Hollywood enjoys is to put some decent pop music in some movies, like injecting the creme filling inside a nummy donut. And now that I’m completely jonsing for a creme filled donut, I’m just going to say that I decided to rip off another article involving the best pop songs used in Comic Book movies, only mine is going to be about the best pop music used in regular movies I’ve seen. So, while I go out on a quest to find the elusive pastry of craving banishment, with creme filling of white, and sprinkles the color of the rainbow, here is my list of my

TOP 10 FAVORITE USE OF POP MUSIC IN MOVIES
(in no particular order, mind you)

The Song: “Rock You Like A Hurricane” (The Scorpions)
The Movie: Little Nicky
Don’t get me wrong, this movie is horrible. A great premise, but ruined by Adam Sandler’s juvenile style of “comedy”. But, there are shiny moments, such as the very brief few seconds where one of the three sons of the Devil, Adrian, makes an entrance near the end of the movie for the big showdown, all to the opening metal riff of The Scorpion’s “Rock You Like A Hurricane”. If only that would start playing every time I enter a room…

The Song: “Can’t Smile Without You” (Barry Manilow)
The Movie: Hellboy II: the Golden Army
I love Guillermo del Toro. I love his Hellboy movies. And I love the fact that del Toro has a sense of humor mixed in with his dark and twisted imagination. Which is why I always love the scene in this sequel where both Hellboy and Abe Sapien get drunk and have this 1970s MOR power ballad cheeseball blasting while pining for their respective loves…

The Song: “Time In A Bottle” (Jim Croce)
The Movie: X-Men: Days Of Future Past
Not a fan of the song, but the use of it during perhaps the best scene in a movie filled with memorable scenes as contrasting to Quicksilver’s rushing around super fast and messing with everything was bloody brilliant…

The Song: “Bohemian Rhapsody” (Queen)
The Movie: Wayne’s World
Most of you whipper-snappers would only recognize this classic due to it being shoehorned into the Suicide Squad movie. But, the best use of the song would be 25 years prior, when it was used in an iconic scene in the classic Wayne’s World movie early on….

The Song: “Shoop” (Salt-N-Pepa)
The Movie: Deadpool
Of course Deadpool would be a fan of Salt-N-Pepa. I’m glad they kept it in the movie, as it was with the test footage to try and get the movie made initially. It does much to establish ‘Pool’s personality…

The Song: “Welcome To The Jungle” (Guns N’ Roses)
The Movie: Lean On Me
I watched this movie when it was first released in theaters back in 1989. Being a big Gn’R fan at the time, I did not expect this song to be played at the beginning while showing scenes of the high school being a teenage warzone. The movie became my instant favorite right then and there…

The Song: “The Four Horsemen” (Metallica)
The Movie: X-Men: Apocalypse
And speaking of using metal classics in movies, the usage of the bangover-inducing “The Four Horsemen” not only made sense thematically (given that it was used while Apocalypse was gathering together his own “four horsemen”), but it gave an otherwise mediocre X-Men movie a moment of awesome that ended all too soon…

The Song: “Institutionalized” (Suicidal Tendencies)
The Movie: “Iron Man”
Yes, I realize there may have been other more popular songs that were used for the soundtrack; and while I loves me some AC/DC, I was hyped up when I heard the strains of this classic Suicidal Tendencies tune being cranked in Tony’s garage. All he wanted was a Pepsi, after all…

The Song: “Tainted Love” (Soft Cell)
The Movie: Coneheads
It’s fascinating how ubiquitous a song becomes after hearing it for the first time. Which is what happened when I first heard the Soft Cell hit cover of “Tainted Love”, as the very first place I immediately heard it again was when I watched the greatly underrated Coneheads. Not only do we hear it on a radio in one scene, but is sung while battling an alien monster with golf. I’m not making that part up.

The Song: “Afternoon Delight” (The Starland Vocal Band)
The Movie: PCU
To quote Homer Simpson: “Starland Vocal Band? They SUCK!” And nothing is worse than having this nauseating bit of 70s adult contemporary schmaltz come on and not being able to escape its sound crawling up inside and defiling your earholes. Which is exactly what happens in this Animal House in the 1990s ripoff comedy, as the protagonist(?) puts the song on the CD player on infinite repeat, then locks all of the stuffy Republicans in the room with it cranking. Wackiness ensues.

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HALLOWEEN’ING 2016: Day 22 – The Return Of The Living Dead

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Movie night time! And here, we have one of my all-time favorite zombie flicks that doesn’t have the George A. Romero stamp on it. Though, to be fare, it does have the petigre. See, the producer of Return Of The Living Dead – John Russo – once collaborated with Romero on the classic Night Of The Living Dead; after they parted ways, Russo retained the rights to using “Living Dead” in the title, whereas Romero could created his own “Of The Dead” universe. And thus, the creation of a zom-com classic.

The Return Of The Living Dead went far to not only creating a comedy horror sub-genre, but introduced the now-classic trope of zombies craving brains to eat, rather than just eating human flesh. The story goes that the events from Night Of The Living Dead were real, as canisters of the toxic military experiment that reanimates the dead wound up in the basement of a medical supply warehouse in Louisville. Of course, the undead terror is accidentally unleashed, with a series of domino effects that result in the entire population of the town’s living impaired getting suddenly reanimated. Wackiness ensues.

Not only are the effects great, and the zombie wackiness highly entertaining, the soundtrack itself–featuring cuts from notable death rock and punk bands–is worth the rental itself. There were sequels, yes, but they all pale when compared to the original. It has just the right amounts of horror and campy comedy to make this a classic.

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HALLOWEEN’ING 2016: Day 15 – Night Of The Demons

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NIGHT OF THE DEMONS (1988)

Saturday night! Time for a fright! Okay, yeah, that was cheesy, even for me. I apologize, that was uncalled for. Moving along, then…

If, however, you do like a bit of cheese mixed in with your frights, might I suggest a viewing of the 1988 B-Movie classic Night Of The Demons? It’s the time-tested tale of a bunch of “teenagers” having a party on Halloween night at the local haunted house, and in the process inadvertently unleash a long-dormant evil that gleefully possesses the kids one by one until the light of dawn.

Yes, there was a remake of Night Of The Demons, back in 2009. But while that was pretty decent in its own right, it still lacks the charm and gleeful abandon that was the 1988 original. So, pop it in and have some fun. And if Bauhaus starts playing by itself…run…

NIGHT OF THE DEMONS on Amazon Streaming

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HALLOWEEN’ING 2016: Day 8 – Fright Night

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FRIGHT NIGHT (1985)

It’s movie night, and you’re wondering what to stick on the telly to get that spine-tingling fix for the Halloween season. You decide on a classic in the genre: Vampires! But, they can’t be of the sparkly, broody pretty-boy variety, but also post-modern with a nice nod to the classic horror flicks of yore. Well, look no further than the classic Fright Night from 1985!

No, I’m not talking about that remake from 2011. I’m talking about the original, with a 20-something teenager suspecting that his neighbor is a vampire, and must enlist the help of his girlfriend, best friend, and the host of a local Creature Feature show to expose the truth and take him out. It stars two future Fox Primetime sitcom actors (Herman’s Head and Married…With Children), Susan Sarandon’s first husband, and the late, great Roddy McDowall bringing some gravitas to a campy yet effective script that could only be a product from the 1980s. Because they tried to recreate the magic in 2011. With the guy who played Bullseye in the Daredevil movie. Yeah.

FRIGHT NIGHT on Amazon Digital

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So, here we are. The tail end of the month of May. Which means, we’re officially at the half-way mark of the year that is 2016. And since there hasn’t been much as far as “content” on this blog of mine, outside of the usual NSR post, I thought now would be a good time to bring anyone still reading this up to speed as far as the goings on in the life of your beloved Uncle NecRo.

Besides still doing NECRO SHOCK RADIO, I’m also recording and producing another podcast, called WILL CODE FOR BEER. Essentially a PUBcast, it’s more or less the recording of the various conversations the constantly mentioned (and alluded to) Coven of Exalted Geeks have on the night we converge at Sean O’Casey’s in Omaha. Then, I chop the entirety up into half-hour long bits and post them here on this blog that was recently set up. Things tend to get wacky. You should check ’em out, if you have nothing else better to do.

Once in a while, there’s a special Nerd Rage Episode, where we get together after watching a movie, and discuss our thoughts on the thing. So far, there’s one for Batman V Superman, and Captain America: Civil War. Coming soon: X-Men Apocalypse.

Earlier this month, at the beginning of May, the four seniors in the youth group graduated. The final night for the season was the last week in April, and there was hardly anyone there who didn’t find themselves verklempt. Proud of those kids, I am. The second week in May, though, my own nephew/godson Christopher graduated High School. Here’s the obligatory pic:

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Also having graduated on the same weekend as Chris (and thus necessitating having to miss out on it due to helping with the open house and all that) was my cousin’s eldest, Trevor Donahey. Here’s the obligatory pic:

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Gads, I’m still wrapping my head around how these two lads are now 18 and moving on to the next phase in life. Only six more years until my next nephew graduates. Better pace myself, here. Feel old, I do.

I didn’t help out with the annual pancake feed that my aunt and uncle does with their Volunteer Rescue team in Dunlap, Iowa this year. The idea was to bring along the two younger nephews to it, so they could gorge on breakfast stuff and have some fun hanging out with the cusins and riding on the fire trucks. Which I did. And they did. Only, I made the grave mistake of taking my blood pressure and diabetes medication without any food, which resulted in enough of a pain level that resulted in me having to leave after only an hour or so. Fortunately, my sister and brother-in-law decided to attend the feed also, so the boys just rode back with their parents. I felt awful having to leave so soon; but, I was feeling even more awful physically. I got back to the Haunted Victorian without further incident, and after an extended nap the pain was gone and I was back to my normal self. And by that, I mean the post-nap depression swing was in full-force.

I trust everyone managed to enjoy their Memorial Day. Everyone reading this in America, that is. If you’re not from America and have no idea what I’m talking about, it’s a day set aside to remember those who died in active military service, traditionally by drinking copious amounts of beer and eating obscene amounts of grilled meat.

Merely good-natured ribbing, my dear Alphonse. Cheers, all.

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HALLOWEEN’ING 2015: Day 19 – Spaced Invaders

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spinvade In the list of Halloween-Themed Movies You Hardly Hear About Anymore, one of the names that hits my Top 5 would be the sci-fi comedy Spaced Invaders.

Taking place in the small rural town of Big Bean, Illinois on Halloween, a bunch of Martian soldiers mistake a broadcast of the Orson Welles radio play classic The War Of The Worlds as part of the fleet’s invasion of Earth, they touch down to join in…and wackiness ensues.

As to why Spaced Invaders isn’t recalled as much as other cult classics, well…I can think of two reasons off the top of my severed head: First, it was originally released to theaters in April of 1990. April. For a genre movie set during Halloween, releasing it in April was a worse idea than, I don’t know, showing The Passion Of The Christ in October. It couldn’t have hurt the studios to wait half a year to release the thing? Then again, they’ve released the last few entries in the Halloween movie franchise in both August and September, so that’s not too much of a surprise. The second reason lies in the television trailers; just going off of those, you got the impression that Spaced Invaders was about a bunch of intergalactic frat boys arriving on Earth to party hardy. Kind of an ET meets Animal House kinda thing. Fortunately, it wasn’t, but the fact remains that it was rather sparsely populated in the theater that opening night I went to see it back in the day, probably due to that.

Regardless, you need to find and watch Spaced Invaders. It’s one of those campy sci-fi comedies that only the late 1980s, early 1990s could produce. I would normally provide the theatrical or television preview to post on this, but I couldn’t find one on YouTube, and even if I did, it would have been an experience in false advertizing anyway. Instead, I found the entire movie on YouTube. Check it out some time, and enjoy yourself.

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SUNDAY A’LA CARTE’: February 8, 2015

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Greetings and salutations, everyone. It’s Sunday again, in case you may have not found out yet. Or, unless you’re on the other side of the planet–say, Japan–and it’s Monday. Which means, if I call someone in Japan right now, I’ll be talking to someone IN THE FUTURE! Wooo, mind-boggling. Yeah. Anyway, at the moment, I’m going through some issues with WiFi connectivity here at the new-ish abode. Meaning, the WiFi that’s set up by the landlord is…I have an inkling of what is going on, maybe due to my dwelling right next to the bathroom (for reasons, nach). Point is, with the setup, I have to constantly reset things on the computer to get things to go through. Like, every other minute. Literally. And even then, it kind of takes its time to decide whether or not to let me through. So, today I went and invested in one of those Mobile Hotspot thingies that Straight Talk puts out. They were having a half-off sale at the WalMart, so I didn’t pay the full $100 or so dollars it would have cost. Went with the 2 gigs, for hooking up with the posting and general reading of a few web pages. I usually do my video streaming on the Android, anyway, as well as anything I download on Play. Interesting place to get my television fix, that.

Last Thursday, I let slip around a few people at the gathering of the Exalted Geeks that I have yet to watch the movie Beetlejuice. After all the gasps of shock died down, it was decided that it was in my best interest–after we had to talk a certain person out of demanding my Geek Card be revoked–to watch the movie today. So we did. This afternoon, a couple of us gathered together at the home of one Nex Nocturnum, and watched the movie. Interesting flick, that. It’s one of Tim Burton’s earlier works, obviously, so the whimsically morbid glee is still very much apparent, rather than glossed over in his recent outings. Certainly not what I was expecting. Considering my admission to not having watched the movie in the first place stemmed from talk about a sequel, I have to wonder how in the world this could be coming about. And will that head be all shrunken still.

STUFF I’VE WRITTEN: In this hear YEAR OF METAL, we kicked off Hard Rock + Proto-Metal FEBRUARY with bits on Motorhead, AC/DC and KISS. I also reviewed the book Brave New World, the movie Lucy, and a couple of Pantokrator albums here and here.

Gonna cut it short this week. Mainly due to still figuring out the configuration of this hotspot thingie. Seems to prefer Google Chrome over Firefox, so I may have some browser adjusting to do. Until next time, cheers all.

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